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ADF places order for Australian-made body armour

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XTEK has secured a $42,000 order for its Small Arms Protective Insert (SAPI) plates from the Australian Defence Force’s Diggerworks.

This order marks the ADF's first order for XTEK's latest high-end ballistic armour, which has been produced in-house at its Adelaide plant using XTEK's XTclave technology. The plates for Diggerworks will be used for evaluation purposes.

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XTEK said the key factor in Diggerwork's decision to purchase the plates was the lightweight nature of the armour.

"This purchase order represents a significant milestone in XTEK’s strategy to commercialise its proprietary product portfolio," said XTEK managing director Philippe Odouard.

"We now have received purchase orders from key customers in Europe and Australia for our XTclave made SAPI plates, which provides strong validation of the advantages of our in-house developed technology.

"XTEK remains focused on the commercialisation and production of its ballistic products."

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The latest order comes after XTEK secured a contract in April to supply the ADF with more small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS) worth $1.4 million.

XTEK also landed its first international order in December last year after FY-Composites, a major supplier of the Finnish Defence Forces and other European defence customers, placed an order with XTEK for two types of its SAPI plates. This was the first order XTEK has received in Europe for the plates.

The order is for two types of plates, both made using polyethylene, which will protect against different threats. The plates are both buoyant in water and can be in used in different combat situations.

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XTEK's SAPI plates.

ADF places order for Australian-made body armour
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